Month: March 2018

Ajimobi urges Christians to pray for Leah Sharibu, peace in Nigeria

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has urged Christians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebrations to pray fervently for the country to overcome the socio-economic challenges currently confronting it.

In his Easter message issued in Ibadan, yesterday, by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, the governor called on Christians to pray for the restoration of peace in all the trouble spots across the country, particularly in the northeast.

Ajimobi asked the faithful to particularly remember to pray for the safe return of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, and the Chibok schoolgirls still in Boko Haram captivity.

He said it was only in an atmosphere of love, togetherness and renewed commitment to the country’s unity that the people could attain the much-desired greatness and appealed to masterminds of terrorism, insurgency, militancy, kidnappings and other acts creating unnecessary tension among the citizenry to embrace amnesty and drop their arms.

“Violence and criminality are ill winds that blow no one any good. There is no religion that is in support of taking people’s lives under whatever guise.

“Therefore, we must put immediate stop to all acts of terrorism, insurgency, militancy and kidnappings in all parts of the country. I am appealing to the perpetrators to take advantage of the amnesty being offered them and drop their arms.

“We should all be promoting activities that will further enhance our peaceful co-existence and unity as a people. It is only under this atmosphere that our dear country can achieve the much-desired greatness,” he stated.

The governor urged Nigerians to emulate Jesus Christ, who he said offered himself as a living sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.

While congratulating Christians on the successful completion of the 40-day fasting, Ajimobi enjoined them to use the occasion to reflect on the essence of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, as well as the opportunity it offers them to be closer to their creator.

He added: “Easter is not about wining and dining alone. Rather, it is an occasion to realise that we need to love one another, as exhibited by God, who, out of His love for mankind, offered Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to give life more abundant.

“Let us eschew all divisive tendencies, violence and other things that are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ, which centred on love and compassion for one another.”

The governor commended Christians, Muslims and other religious adherents in the state for their peaceful co-existence, urging them to continue in their prayers for his administration in its quest to ensure better life for all.

‘GBs have improved infrastructure in Oyo schools’

The Oyo State Government yesterday said that the School Governing Boards (SGBs) have arrested infrastructural decay in various secondary schools across the state, saying that over N2bn have been expended by SGBs, philanthropists and old students associations on new buildings, renovation of the old ones, laboratories, ICT centres, chairs, desks and boreholes.

It said that the participatory schools’ management model, the first of its kind in the country introduced by Governor Abiola Ajimobi a year ago, is executing one infrastructural programme or the other in various schools, explaining that out of the N2bn, the SGBs have spent N1.269 billion realized from the N3,000 session fee paid by each student while projects already commissioned put in place by Old Students, philanthropists and corporate organisations stood at about N0.8billion.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela during a three day expanded stakeholders meeting on Implementation of 2018 State Engagement Plan (SEP) organized by Ministry of Education in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) held at Emmanuel Alayande Resource Centre, Samonda, Ibadan disclosed that the total number of people engaged by Government for this participatory service (SGBs) is 5,652 members for the 628 secondary schools in the state.

Professor Olowofela explained that SGB is made up of nine members who are on voluntary services except the statutory members that are civil servants which include the Principals, who are the secretaries of the Boards, nominees of Council Chairmen and Local Inspector Education (L.I.Es) where the schools are domiciled.

The Commissioner said that the introduction of the SGB was a masterstroke to change the fortune of education in the state, saying, “the SGB has led to renewed rivalry among various old students associations as they are all trying to outdo one another in providing infrastructure for their schools.

During the launch of Education Trust Fund (ETF) in November 2017, the SGB of Government College, Ibadan was honoured as the best SGB and this has in no doubt propelled other SGBs to act.

“Recently, the SGB of Lagelu Grammar School also injected about N250m into the renovation of schools. There are so many SGBs working on renovations of their schools and this is evident in the present state on improved infrastructures as the government also observed that some of the buildings earlier earmarked for rehabilitation have already been renovated by SGBs or Old students.

“Our SGB intervention for schools is a success story and we need to commend various old students association for being part of this laudable achievement to renovate existing buildings, construct new ones, laboratories, ICT centres as well as provision of laboratories equipment, chairs, desks and boreholes,” Professor Olowofela said.

Oyo compensates owners of land acquired for cassava plantation

The Oyo State government has paid compensation to about 77 families whose lands were acquired recently for mass production of cassava in Otu, near Iseyin. The Commissioner for Lands, Housing, and Survey, Mr. Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu, presented the cheques to the beneficiaries at a brief ceremony in Otu, Itesiwaju Local Government Area of the state last week.

The commissioner, an indigene of Otu, lauded the governor for abiding by the law and demonstrating that the state believes in the peace and security of its citizens. He said: “It is the vision of the governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bring investors into the state. The community has agreed to release the land to the government and their compensations are being paid accordingly today.”

Mr. Wale Majolagbe, Director of Finance, Lexcel Group, and representative of Allied Atlantic Distilleries, one of the investors, said: “Since Oke-Ogun supplies most of the cassava we use, we decided to move to the 4,000 hectares of land available here for expansion. Activities will start on the land by the first week in April and the ethanol production plant will be ready in the next two years.”

Responding, the chairman, Itesiwaju Local Government, AbdulFatai Niyi Adeagbo, commended the governor for promptly paying compensation to owners of the acquired lands. He also counseled the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the fund. He assured the state government and the investor that the people in the community will work in close harmony with all stakeholders to guarantee the growth and development of the community.

Beyond the compensation and immediate employment of over 4,000 cassava farmers, when the ethanol plant is completed, it will reduce unemployment in the state be the catalyst for the growth and development of Otu and the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

Ajimobi appoints Bolaji Tunji as special adviser

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has appointed Bolaji Tunji as Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy.

Tunji, a former Executive Director of the Sun Newspapers, is taking over from Yomi Layinka, who has been redeployed as Special Adviser, Ibadan Media City Project.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli, disclosed this.

Until his new appointment, Tunji was the Executive Director, Special Duties at the Sun Newspapers, where he took a leave of absence to assume his new role.